Thursday, September 18, 2008
The Munich Beer Hall Explosion
On November 8, 1939, Adolf Hitler unexpectedly decided to attend a meeting held in the Buergerbraukeller, a beer hall in Munich, Germany to celebrate the anniversary of the Nazi “putsch” of 1923. After making a violently anti-British speech, he left the building at 9:15 p.m. together with all the more important of the Nazi personalities who had accompanied him. Twenty minutes later, a bomb that had been concealed in one of the supporting pillars shattered the building, causing the ceiling to collapse on the assembly, which included many of Hitler’s earliest supporters. Nine people were killed, and more than sixty injured. The German authorities accused the British Secret Service of responsibility for the plot; large rewards were offered for information, and workmen who had prepared the hall and others were arrested; but whether this was a genuine attempt on The Fuehrer’s life, or just another “stunt” to increase his popularity, we may never know.